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Santorum Says “the Middle Class” is Marxist; Doesn’t Know What Marxism Is

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I have bad news for the 88% or so of Americans who think they’re middle class: Rick Santorum thinks you’re Marxists.

The former Senator and noted neologism stopped by a gathering in Lynn County, Iowa to warn Republicans there of the dangers of talking about the middle class. (Note: I had a tough time getting the video to embed, so click to view it.)

“Since when in America do we have classes?” he demanded. “That’s Marxism talk!”

“There’s no class in America!” he bellowed.

Santorum does not believe in classes. He wants a classless society. You know, like that guy.

Oh, what was his name?

Oh yeah. Karl Marx.

So we need to stop all being Marxists by being Marxists. Got it. Perfect. Piece of cake.

You know, I think this might be one of those times when “Marxist” might not mean what Santorum thinks it means. It’s almost like the Republican economic position is all made up of talking points and very, very little knowledge.

Via Death and Taxes.

 

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Santorum Drops Out

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Mitt Romney is now the certain Republican nominee to take on President Barack Obama in November, as Mr. Santorum was his main challenger.

Mr. Romney issued this statement:

Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.

While Mr. Romney still needs to win several hundred delegates to clinch the nomination, Mr. Santorum’s departure from the race leaves his path unhindered.

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Romney Does Well with Rich People in Wisconsin

Romney Signs Wind Turbine In Iowa

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Exit polls out of Wisconsin show familiar patterns for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Mr. Romney is doing better among the Wisconsin’s higher-earners and Mr. Santorum with its lower-income voters.

Mr. Santorum is more popular in Wisconsin’s rural areas and Mr. Romney in urban areas.

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Did Santorum Almost Call the President the N-Word?

Above is a clip of Rick Santorum speaking at the Armory in Janesville, Wisconsin on March 27, stumbling over a word that sounds a lot like the N-word. As crazy as I think Mr. Santorum is, I just don’t think he’s stupid enough to even come close to saying the N-word in public.

What on earth could he have been trying to say? Was he saying “governmentnik,” (which I assume is like a beatnik)? What does that mean?

Via Gawker.

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Santorum: Obama Doesn’t Pay Enough Attention to Porn

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Rick Santorum on Sunday defended his assertion that “the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families,” arguing on CNN that the department’s insufficient prosecution of the industry proves his point.

“You have to look at the proof that’s in the prosecution,” he said. “You draw your conclusion.”

Mr. Santorum said, in an assertion seconded by no one else, that a strict reading of pornography laws would bar hard-core porn from the Internet.

The administration, he said, has “not put a priority on prosecuting these cases … putting children at risk as a result of that.”

It’s a good thing we have “small government” politicians like Mr. Santorum running for office.

Via Huffington Post.

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Santorum’s Weird Obsession with Sex

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Mr. Santorum has a creepy fixation with sex.

In 2008, Mr. Santorum gave a speech on religion and politics at the Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life in Washington. The answers he gave to the questions that followed were illuminating.

In response to a question about the kinds of words he had heard “attached to religion and politics” during his years in the Senate, Mr. Santorum answered:

It comes down to sex. That’s what it’s all about. It comes down to freedom, and it comes down to sex. If you have anything to do with any of the sexual issues, and if you are on the wrong side of being able to do all of the sexual freedoms you want, you are a bad guy. And you’re dangerous because you are going to limit my freedom in an area that’s the most central to me. And that’s the way it’s looked at.

Next, a commenter claimed that Maureen Dowd “said that the Republican Party is trying to repeal Woodstock.” What she actually wrote in her 1998 column (about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair) was:

Since Watergate, there has been a pendulum of partisan revenge. And, right now, Republicans want their payback for Watergate, for Bork, for Iran-contra, even for Woodstock. Like Kenneth Starr, the Republicans are attempting to repeal the 1960s.

Mr. Santorum deflected back to sex:

Woodstock is the great American orgy. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of Woodstock. They prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom. All of the things are about sexual freedom, and they hate to be called on them. They try to somehow or other tie this to the founding fathers’ vision of liberty, which is bizarre. It’s ridiculous. That’s at the core of why you are attacked.

It’s odd that he equates Woodstock with both abortion and homosexuality, since… well, the two don’t really go together.

The next question was: “Do you see any possibility for a party of Christian reform, or an influx of Christian ideas into this [Democratic] party?”

While explaining what he saw as a shift in the Democratic Party away from “blue-collar working-class folks with traditional values,” Mr. Santorum said:

What changed was the ’60s. What changed was sex. What changed was the social and cultural issues that have huge amounts of money because if you look — I haven’t seen numbers on this, but I’m sure it’s true — if you go socioeconomic scale, the higher the income, the more socially liberal you are. The more you know you can buy your way out of the problems that sexual libertinism causes you. You have an abortion, well, I have the money to take care of it. If I want to live an extravagant life and get diseases, I can. … You can always take care of everything. If you have money, you can get away with things that if you’re poor you can’t.

The questions finally got around to asking about sex. To one of those questions, Mr. Santorum answered in part:

Sex is a means. Evolution is a means. And the aim is a secular world. It’s a, in my opinion, a hedonistic, self-focused world that is, in my opinion, anti-American.

Mr. Santorum may cloak his views in Catholic fundamentalism and Constitutional literalism, but they are his reaction to the social liberation that began in the 1960s.

Read the rest of Mr. Santorum’s weirdly sexual answers to questions at the original piece in The New York Times.

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JFK Speech Makes Santorum “Throw Up.” A Lot.

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Rick Santorum (R-PA) has been criticized in the past for his statement that he “almost threw up” when he read John F. Kennedy’s 1960 comments about the role of religion in public life. This weekend he took time out to say that he would still like to throw up.

If you recall, Mr. Kennedy used the speech to discuss anti-Catholic prejudice and doubts raised over his ability to be independent of Rome. He famously said the following:

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

The statement made most Americans feel proud. It made Mr. Santorum feel woozy.

Last year at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, New Hampshire, Mr. Santorum told the crowd, “Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up. You should read the speech.”

This weekend, Mr. Santorum left no doubt about his rejection of separation principles: “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”

He continued. “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up.”

It is the greatest expression of faith-based politics. It is the type of intermingling of faith and government that our enemies find appealing. Around the world, nations are reeling from the influence of religion on politics. Yet, in this island of stability, Mr. Santorum appears to want to tear down the wall that has long defined our political system.

With the latest comments, we all may feel a bit woozy.

Via The Washington Post

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Santorum Praises Income Inequality in Detroit

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“Santorum Praises Income Inequality.”

That was the headline at, of all places, Fox News about Rick Santorum’s Thursday speech at the Detroit Economic Club. He said, “I’m not about equality of result when it comes to income inequality. There is income inequality in America. There always has been and, hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be.”

Mr. Santorum is unhinged in his public comments. Last week, he said that the President argued that Catholics would have to “hire women priests to comply with employment discrimination issues.”

He also suggested that liberals were leading religious people into beheadings. He said, “They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine.”

Yet, to champion income inequality in Detroit is still incredibly tone-deaf.

Detroit has the highest poverty rate of any big city in America. Among cities with populations over 250,000, Detroit’s poverty rate topped the list at 37.6%, more than twice the national poverty rate. According to the Census Bureau, median household income in Detroit from 2006-10 was just $28,357, only 55% of the overall U.S. median household income.

This is a city that announced plans to close half its public schools and send layoff notices to every teacher in the system.

This is a city where the mayor’s pledge to demolish 10,000 abandoned structures will only shave the tip of the iceberg because, as The Wall Street Journal reported, “the city has roughly 90,000 abandoned or vacant homes and residential lots.”

Mr. Santorum went on to say this about income inequality on Thursday:

We should celebrate like we do in the small towns all across America — as you do here in Detroit. You celebrate success. You build statues and monuments. Buildings, you name after them. Why? Because in their greatness and innovation, yes, they created wealth, but they created wealth for everybody else. And that’s a good thing, not something to be condemned in America.

Mr. Santorum might want to walk around Detroit to see who’s celebrating and to see how many statues he can find to honor people who invented something and got rich.

Furthermore, he should check out the James J. Brady Memorial, which pays tribute to a federal tax collector who set out to address child poverty in the city by founding the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellows of Detroit Fund. The group provides “warm clothing, toys, books, games and candy” to local children every Christmas in addition to sending poor children to summer camps, the dentist, and to college.

Then again, charitable giving doesn’t appear to be high on Mr. Santorum’s list of priorities. As The Washington Post pointed out, based on his tax return, he has given the least amount to charity of the four presidential candidates who have disclosed their tax returns. His charitable giving was just 1.8% of his adjusted gross income.

The Obamas were the highest, giving 14.2%, even though their income was second lowest.

Via The New York Times.

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Santorum: Don’t Complain about Health Care Costs When Other People Can Afford iPads

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While campaigning in Woodland Park, Colorado, Republican contender Rick Santorum told a sick child and his mother that they shouldn’t complain about the exorbitant cost of his medication because some people spend $900 on iPads.

The candidate also said that the parent and child unjustly felt entitled to get life-saving care at an affordable rate:

GOP contender Rick Santorum had a heated exchange with a mother and her sick young son Wednesday, arguing that drug companies were entitled to charge whatever the market demanded for life-saving therapies.[...]

“People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad,” Santorum said, “but paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with — it keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned to think health care is something you can get without having to pay for it.”

The mother said the boy was on the drug Abilify, used to treat schizophrenia, and that, on paper, its costs would exceed $1 million each year.

Santorum said drugs take years to develop and cost millions of dollars to produce, and manufacturers need to turn a profit or they would stop developing new drugs.

Mr. Santorum proceeded to lecture the mother and suggest she should be grateful to the drug companies for saving her son’s life. “He’s alive today because drug companies provide care,” Santorum said, “and if they didn’t think they could make money providing that drug, that drug wouldn’t be here.”

Although Mr. Santorum is an opponent of health care reform, his reaction is surprising, given that he is the father of a daughter with a rare genetic disorder. If the Colorado mother thought Mr. Santorum might be sympathetic to families in similar situations who happen to be less wealthy, she was sadly mistaken.

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Romney, Santorum Tied Nationally

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Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are virtually tied nationally in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, a CNN/ORC poll shows.

Mr. Santorum more than doubled his support since last month. Among Republicans and right-leaning independents, 34% say they back Mr. Santorum, and 32% back Mr. Romney.

The poll numbers show a split in the Republican Party that goes deeper than ideology, with signs of a gender gap and disagreement between white-collar and blue-collar voters.

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